Graduation Requirements

  • Class of 2021

    The minimum requirement for an Olathe high school diploma is 24 credits. Depending on the course and the nature of course delivery, units of credit will be awarded in increments of one full (1.0) or one-half (.5) credit. The 24 credits required for graduation include:

    • English — four credits
    • Applied Communication — one credit
    • Social Studies — three credits required
      • Modern World History (one credit, ninth grade)
      • U.S. History (one credit, junior year)
      • U.S. Government (one-half credit, senior year)
      • Social Studies elective (one-half credit all four years)
    • Math — three credits
    • Science — three credits required
      • Life Science (one credit)
      • Physical Science (one credit)
      • Science elective (one credit)
    • Physical Education — one credit
    • Fine Arts — one credit
    • Practical and consumer studies — one credit
    • Technology — one credit
    • Electives — six credits

    Additional information describing specific classes and graduation requirements is included in the high school Program Planning Guide (PPG) available on this website and from high school counselors.

    Class of 2022 and Beyond

    All of the above graduation requirements remain the same EXCEPT:

    • Change from one credit technology requirement to one-half technology requirement
    • Addition of one-half credit Consumer and Personal Finance Class, which can be taken any time during high school

    Students must meet Olathe graduation requirements to be eligible to participate in the graduation exercises. Exception: Seniors who transfer from other school districts and who have been on track to meet graduation requirements in their former school, but cannot meet the 24 Olathe unit requirement, will be allowed to graduate with their class. The transfer student must meet the minimum requirements of the Kansas Department of Education.

    Students should be advised that any credit earned after their eighth-grade year will be counted as senior high credit and will be on the high school transcript. An example is driver education.

    The weighted grading system will be used to determine all Olathe student honors and distinctions.

    Board of Regents — Qualified Admissions Curriculum

    Qualified Admissions (QA) are a set of standards used by the six state universities to review applicants for undergraduate admission. The universities using QA are Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State, Pittsburg State, University of Kansas, and Wichita State. These standards are set by the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for the state universities. It is important to note that our Olathe graduation requirements must be met to graduate from Olathe Public Schools. Please consult your student's school counselor with any questions.

    At its Sept. 18, 2019 meeting, the Kansas Board of Regents approved amendments to the Qualified Admissions (QA) criteria. The new standards are below.

    Accredited High School Graduate Going to Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University:

    • ACT 21 or higher OR cumulative GPA of 2.25.
    • Units (but not specific courses) are recommended; units are not required.
    • 2.0 cumulative GPA on any college courses taken while in high school.

    Accredited High School Graduate Going to Kansas State University:

    • ACT 21 or higher OR cumulative GPA of 3.25.
    • Units (but not specific courses) are recommended; units are not required.
    • 2.0 cumulative GPA on any college courses taken while in high school.

    Accredited High School Graduate Going to The University of Kansas:

    • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 and ACT 21 or higher OR cumulative GPA of 3.0 and ACT 24 or higher.
    • Units (but not specific courses) are recommended; units are not required.
    • 2.0 cumulative GPA on any college courses taken while in high school.

    Board of Regents — Kansas Scholars Curriculum

    This is a state-sponsored scholarship program. Names of students who complete this curriculum are sent to the Board of Regents along with the student’s GPA. The Board determines the State Scholars; these are the students who can apply for the following need-based scholarships: Kansas State Scholar Scholarship, Nursing Scholarship, Teaching Scholarship, Minority Scholarhip. These scholarships range from $50–$1,000 and must be used at a Kansas college or university. To be considered as a scholar, this curriculum must be met:

    • 4 credits of English
    • 3 credits of Social Studies
    • 4 credits of Math, must begin with Algebra 1 or higher class
    • 3 credits of Science – must be biology, chemistry, and physics
    • 2 credits of World Language – must be the same language and must be taken while in high school